Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter. Email her at email@example.com and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
A blue box of silver-foil chocolates wrapped with a note is a failsafe on February 14. But there’s actually a real-life love story behind the Baci. When Perugia-born clothing designer Luisa Spagnoli first invented the hazelnut-centred chocolate in 1922, she called it a cazzotto because it resembled a fist. The name didn’t ring right to […]
“The Mona Lisa is so universally known and admired by everyone that I have been very tempted to use it to cause a scandal. I tried to make those moustaches really artistic.” —Marcel Duchamp on his 1919 “readymade” work L.H.O.O.Q. The exhibition underway at Pisa’s Palazzo Blu is not for the art initiate […]
As frequent flyers from Pisa Airport, we tend to enjoy a plate of pasta before leaving home or, at a push, at Galileo Galilei’s overpriced first-floor restaurant. Because, as my husband reminds me, “Non si mangia bene a Pisa”. Call me skeptical, but I find it difficult to digest that a Tuscan city with […]
From anniversaries commemorating Leonardo da Vinci, Caterina de’ Medici and Cosimo I de’ Medici to local elections, the best of basketball, Ed Sheeran and the opening of that tramline to the airport, 2019 in Florence looks more alluring than ever. Anniversaries Everyone’s talking about The Big One—500 years since the […]